Over the past two years nine young people have committed suicide in Michele Bachmann's backyard - or at least the Minnesota school districts she represents.
Many more have attempted to take their own lives leading state public health officials to slap a "suicide contagion area" label on the region because of the high levels.
At least four of those who committed suicide were openly gay or, at least, perceived to be gay by classmates, and many were reportedly bullied.
While it is impossible to prove why these youngsters took their own lives, some critics are suggesting a link between the suicides and the anti-gay rhetoric sweeping through school districts in the state.
The news may be uncomfortable for Bachmann who has a number of anti-gay policies.
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